In a decision that seemed preordained almost from the moment he committed to DePaul, sophomore guard Dar Tucker announced Tuesday that he'll enter the 2009 NBA draft.
He'll also sign with an agent, presumably Chris Grier (who's also Wilson Chandler's agent), which will prohibit a return for the final two years of his eligibility.
Here's Tucker's statement from DePaul's press release:
“After careful consideration, I have decided to enter my name in the 2009 NBA Draft,” said Tucker. “This decision did not come easy for me because of my feelings for DePaul University. Coach Wainwright, my family and I have talked about my future and together we all decided this was the best decision for me at this time based upon personal circumstances.”
“The coaches, staff and my teammates have been extremely supportive of me over the last two seasons, including now, and I just want to thank them for their support. Coach Wainwright and Jean Lenti Ponsetto have been instrumental in my development as an athlete and, more importantly, as an adult. Coach Wainwright has taught me about responsibility and accountability, invaluable lessons that will now guide me as I become a professional athlete. Also, I want to thank my family and friends for their love and support. Finally and most importantly, I want to thank the DePaul fans for their support the last two years and I look forward to representing this fine institution on the professional level.”
Nothing against Dar, Jerry, Jeannie or DePaul SID wizard Greg Greenwell, but I wish I could have gotten Dar to be anywhere near as expansive during our brief interactions as he was in this statement.
Tucker has first-round athleticism, which is a good thing. He'll get into full-time training and probably be ready to kick some people's butts during the predraft workouts.
But of the handful of scouts I spoke with during DePaul's season, none considered Tucker to be a first-round consideration...and some wondered whether he'd be draftable at all. Considering the guaranteed money only comes in the first round, that's really all that matters.
Best of luck to Dar, who was both brilliant and aggravating to watch due to his mix of crazy athleticism and crazy shot selection, and best of luck to DePaul finding an impact guard to take some of his minutes.
His departure leaves the Blue Demons with two open scholarships for 2009-10. One schollie figures to be used on a point guard, while the other will be earmarked ideally on a power forward.